PhD Studentship: Infrastructure End-of-life: Managing Decommissioning, Dismantling and Waste Management Projects

University of Leeds

  • Funded PhD project: Worldwide (International, UK and EU)
  • Value: Funding covers the cost of fees and provides a maintenance grant matching the Research Council UK rate (£14,553 for 2017/18).
  • Number of awards: 1
  • Deadline: Ongoing
  • Supervisors: Contact Dr Giorgio Locatellito discuss this project further informally.

Project description

Projects and megaproject concerning the creation of infrastructure are not new, and the body of knowledge in managing the creation of infrastructure has been developed by practitioners throughout the centuries and investigated by academics in the last few decades. Conversely, the body of knowledge on managing the infrastructure End-of-Life is quite limited. Dams, chemical plants, oil and gas facilities and nuclear power plants that were built in the last decades are aging and/or have not had their operating licence renewed. These types of infrastructure will soon need to be decommissioned and dismantled.

Projects and Megaprojects dealing with the End-of-Life of infrastructure are “different” also because no revenue-generating assets are created and there is no or little cash-in flow after the decommissioning project is completed: no ”landmark output” remains and job positions are lost, without being replaced by new ones. Therefore, in the near future, project management will need to focus more and more extensively on the challenges imposed by this new class of projects, which need to be efficiently delivered also due to safety-related and ethical reasons.

Research proposals on the following topics are particularly welcome: Performance measurement of infrastructure end-of-life projects, Knowledge Management and infrastructure End-of-Life projects, Theories of Motivation and its application during End-of-Life projects, Contract types and their impact on the progress on decommissioning projects, Scope changes and change management during the different phases of decommissioning projects, Value Management Infrastructure End-of-Life projects.

Entry requirements

Applications are invited from candidates with or expecting a minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree (2:1) or equivalent, and/or a Master's degree in a relevant engineering, management or economics related discipline.

How to apply

Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the university's website. Please state clearly in the research information section that the PhD you wish to be considered for is the ‘Infrastructure end-of-life: managing decommissioning, dismantling and waste management projects' as well as Dr Giorgio Locatelli as your proposed supervisor.

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University’s minimum English Language requirements.

We welcome scholarship applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates. All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.

If you require any further information please contact the Graduate School Office, e: phd@engineering.leeds.ac.uk, t: +44 (0)113 343 8000.

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